Here's a story to file away for possible future reference, shared by Ms. K.F. and a few other regular readers. And it's a potentially important story, not so much for what it says, but for what it might not be saying. Here's two different versions of the story:

Russian war planes buzz U.S. destroyer in Baltic

And here's a Russian English language version from Sputnik:

Pentagon Calls Russian Fly-Over in Baltic Sea Area ‘Old Tricks’

Now, before we parse these articles, recall that the USS Donald Cook was the US naval vessel  "buzzed" by an old Russian SU 24 fighter bomber in the Black Sea during the Ukrainian-Crimean crisis. The Su 24 approached the vessel and, according to most reports, the Aegis-class missile destroyer's electronic systems went completely dead. The Su-24 then executed no less than 12 mock attack runs, and the vessel then beat a hasty retreat to the Romanian port of Constanza, where, we were reassured, the vessel was scheduled for a routine stop to "show the flag." The US has consistently either denied or downplayed any suggestion that the electronics systems failure and the Russian "mock attacks" were related.

Now consider these statements from the first article(USA Today); it begins by a review of the incident:

Two Russian SU-24 jets made "numerous, close-range and low-altitude passes" on the U.S. ship Tuesday as a helicopter refueled on the deck, according to a statement from U.S. European Command.

The Cook, which was holding a joint exercise with NATO ally Poland and operating in international waters, "encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship," the statement said.

It said the aircraft "flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian."

At one point, the ship's commanding officer viewed a particularly close pass as "unsafe and unprofessional" and suspended flight operations until the aircraft left the area.

So, let us note two things: (1) the Russian aircraft involved was the same type as was involved in the first incident with the USS Donald Cook, and (2) the mock attacks were said to be "unsafe and unprofessional," words that conjure the image of an incompentent and reckless Russian pilot flying his plane at extremely low altitude and high speed. The reality is probably quite the opposite: for such a maneuver to be executed at such low altitude and physical proximity, the pilot would rather seem to be highly skilled.

THen comes a rather interesting statement in the article:

One pass was about about 30 feet from the ship at an altitude of 100 feet, according to a defense official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. Two more passes farther from the ship came at 50 feet above water. (Emphasis added)

The question here is what might be the things about this incident that are not being reported? The fact that the incident involved the very same US missile frigate and the very same type of Russian aircraft as were involved in the original incident is hardly coincidental, and this raises the prospect that perhaps the frigate's electronic systems experienced yet again either a partial or nearly complete loss of capability. Is there any other indicator that this might be the case? I suggest there is, and it's this:

At one point, the ship's commanding officer viewed a particularly close pass as "unsafe and unprofessional" and suspended flight operations until the aircraft left the area.

Of course, with Russian aircraft passing within mere tens of feet of a vessel launching helicopters(or at least, attempting to), launching such aircraft would be hazzardous, and the captain made a logical decision, for a potential accident would endanger the aircraft, his vessel, and their crews, the Russian aircraft and their crews, and create a dangerous international incident.

But by the same token, during the Cold War, such "close encounters" between the Russian and the West's militaries were standard fare, both in the air and at sea and even under the sea, as both sides tested each other's nerves and resolve by precisely such maneuvers.  So why the cancellation of flight operations? Such operations would be highly risky if, indeed, one's radar and other electronics and communications systems were being interferred with.

I suspect, therefore, in my high octane speculation of the day, that we might be looking at another "Donald Cook incident" for the simple reason that the US Navy would have refitted the frigate with new equipment and shielding and anti-jamming equipment after the first incident, and the Russians, by parity of reasoning, would want to test their own, and the new American equipment by similar procedures and measure as they employed initially in the first incident. The fact that we might not be being told everything about this latest encounter might therefore be an incidator that things didn't go too well for the Donald Cook.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. WalkingDead on April 17, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    When I was in the Navy at the end of Vietnam, deployed to the Mediterranean Sea on the USS Independence, this was a game that was played by both parties more or less continuously while we were at sea. We did it to them and they did it to us. Some things never change. Every one is always flying by everyone else and taking pictures. We even had Russian and other nations ships pull up beside the carrier I was on close enough to shout across greetings to each other across the gap. They were always friendly encounters back then.

  2. T.J. on April 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    In the Baltic Sea, in or about April of 2014, 2015 AND 2016, ‘clean-winged’ Russian Su-24 boys make the USS Donald Cook and U.S. military folk look like a joke. In & after April 2014, Russian Su-24 boys have no fear that Cook folk can ‘cook’ Russian folk.

    In what has become an annual ritual of a new Baltic Spring for fun-loving Russian boys, Su-24 boys ‘Cook the Duck’ or ‘Duck the Cook’ — the USS ‘Donald Duck’ (err… Cook). Shutting down ALL Comms & weapons systems on the Aegis-class U.S. ‘destroyer’ — which becomes a ‘destroyer’ in name only.

    Like ‘cow tipping’ for bored American cow boys, it’s ‘Duck Cooking’ or ‘Cook Ducking’ for bored Russian bear boys.

  3. HAL838 on April 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    As Paul Harvey would say, I’m sure we are not being told “the rest of the story.” I’m equally sure that it would put a different slant to the entire and related incidents. The ‘bad guys’ almost never know that they are.

  4. zendogbreath on April 16, 2016 at 12:52 am

    interesting possibilities all around

    mostly i’m getting that the mighty wurlitzer’s tunes seem to be changing often these days.

    curious that systema and russian skilled teachers of systema is getting easier and easier to train in north america. found out tonight from a russian that he’d never trained in systema because it was not a publicly available martial art until recently. who made it public and why and when and in the ussa?

    also seeing possible trend redirect in vaccine propagandists. watch deniro’s today show interview a few times. that was scripted and/or at least intentional and well planned. why is the corporate media turning around on itself on that and a number of issues. why is bernie sanders even in a race let alone this one? why is mr global suddenly getting all aggressive about truths coming out.

    i know propaganda with tasty bits of real truthiness laced throughout works much better. but this is way too much of the truth bits to make the propaganda work as it has to date? where’s mr global going with this? next think you know monsatan will be hauled up in the supreme court for making farmers unhappy. and bp’s ceo will serve time and actually pay for the deepwater horizon.

    it seems a lot of work just to confuse me more than i already usually am.

  5. DownunderET on April 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    What’s the problem??? Those Russian pilots were just saying hello, albeit “loudly”.
    Then Ketcup Kerry said that they could have shot down the SU-24′, who’s kiddin who here.
    A storm in a tea cup incident, that’s all it was.

  6. Neru on April 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hope it is true and the Russians can stay one step ahead in this stupid game.
    Sadly they can’t bomb the thing to the deep so cannon fodder peeing there pants have to do.

    I know this comment is not kind but I am sick and tired of USA meddling in the world under peace/democracy banner and foreigners should state that more clearly insted of politely avoiding the subject, bow and let a lot of Americans think their allied thru our bone corrupt politicians who live in the ar** of your president.

    Make no mistake their are a lot of us, USA foreign policy is not popular.

    • Tommi H on April 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Oh I accidentally pushed report comment button here…. I agree totally your comment, Im sick and tired of USA foreign policy also.
      I live now in St.Petersburg, Russia. I moved in here 1,5 years ago from Finland. So I now have a kind of inside perspective for things. They don’t bang war drums in here like western media does every single day. This Donald Cook incident was totally USA provocation, as they came so close to Russian city. Imagine what would happen if Russia send a missile destroyer 100 miles from New York…WW3.

      • Tommi H on April 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

        And I know they play this game with submarines all the time, but when they use surface vessels in game like this, it means that it meant to be public. Its like a theater, anti-Russia theater.

  7. basta on April 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This is a ridiculously obvious staged propaganda incident.

    The Pentagam trolled the Russians by sailing within 70 km of their naval base at Kalingrad, knowing full well that the USS Donald Duck would be buzzed in response. With the full complicity of the msm, they are using these staged videos and “story” to whip up a wave of anti-Russian chest-beating by making this into a media circus to rival the OJ Simpson trial.

    Just go over to the comments section on a big website and see how effectively this has worked, and how Joe Sixpack wants to shoot those SU-24s out ot the air, and only a wimp would excuse the action by pointing out the obvious US provocation of sailing 40 miles from a major Russian base while doing helicopter launch exercises.

    So, just another “demonize Putin” op. Ho hum.

    • basta on April 15, 2016 at 9:07 am

      I should also add that undoubtedly they’d loaded up the Cook with sensors and had retrofitted and hardened it in the meantime, hoping to get a repeat show — and valuable intel — about the Russians’ jamming capabilities. And chose that very ship on purpose for is symbolic revenge value.

      Well, the Russians didn’t need to demonstrate their jamming twice, and didn’t. D’oh.

      • Don B on April 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

        Russia and China have both played this “cat and mouse” game with the U.S. and the U.S. hasn’t fallen for the trap as best I can tell. I didn’t see where Russia refused to fall for the trap the second time. Maybe they’re concerned that we’re getting to close to checkmating their high tech. Just some speculation on my part.

        • basta on April 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

          Hi Don,

          I think you misinterpreted my posts. What I meant is that the first time the SU-24s overflew the Cook they used jamming equipment that freaked the Navy out.

          Fast-forward a year and the Pentagon cooks up this provocation with the very same ship– hardened in the meantime and with all its Spidey Sensors on high alert — hoping to get a repeat of the Russian jamming, but the Russians (of course, they aren’t stupid, no need to do it twice unless you have to use it) didn’t play game.

          So the Pentagon makes lemons out of lemonade and fires up the Mighty Wurlitzer for a bit of drivel about those baby-killing Russians buzzing our innocent Carnival Cruise liners.

          • Don B on April 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

            Yes. I see your point. Thanks.

      • goshawks on April 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

        basta, I agree. Electronic warfare is a use-it-once game. After that, the opponent develops countermeasures and the ‘trick’ is gone. So, why should the Russians ‘blow’ any undetected tricks or advances since then?

        The first Cook ‘incident’ (if real) was a wake-up call to the US: “We are not juveniles at this.” It succeeded in its purpose. Any ‘repeats’ after that would be just ego…

    • marcos toledo on April 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Yes basta Lyda Ray on her website referred to the USS Donald Cook as the USS Donald Duck. It reminds me of a Warner Brothers cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny and Wille Coyote which in the end Wille refers to himself as my name is mud and Bug’s reply that spells dum backwords.

  8. Ramura on April 15, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Although hardly a sterling source, one has to admit the “Sorcha Faal/What Does it Mean” is SOME kind of intelligence-based website, albeit very likely disinfo or misdirect.

    That said, their reporting of this incident is that, yet again, the Russian technology bolloxed up the re-fitted US technology. Foiled again! The article claimed the Russians are using Magrev vortex-field tech as developed by Keshe.

    Back to the drawing board.

    • sagat1 on April 15, 2016 at 8:29 am

      The footage of this incident is online to view. Its quite impressive. Check it out at truthseeker…

      • zendogbreath on April 16, 2016 at 12:31 am

        got a link sagat1?

  9. Nannie on April 15, 2016 at 6:44 am

    It is the Mehran Keshe technologie that is used.

    Look at the artikel below:

    Iranian nuclear physicist and peace activist, Mehran Keshe, has officially announced that it was his technology that brought down an American RQ170 Sentinel drone over Iran and disabled the AEGIS destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, in the Black Sea.

    • T.J. on April 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      The Keshe tech and/or similar Russian tech is also responsible for Russia’s ability to create a 600 mile diameter communications & weapons blackout zone around the main Russian airbase in Syria (extending to Aleppo and into the Mediterranean & Turkey).

      Notice the “Disclosure” title on Veterans Today article. Yes, that type of “Disclosure.” ;-). Veterans Today boys & girls go so far as to say, imply and infer that Putin & the Russians (and/or Keshe too) are aligned with Non-Terrestrial Intelligence, who provide defensive tech.

  10. WalkingDead on April 15, 2016 at 6:36 am

    The reliance of the US on its “high technology” weaponry has left it at a distinct disadvantage against Russia and China whose conventional forces are superior. The mindset in the “think tanks” in Washington are just now coming to realize that error and how their profit oriented military vendors have placed them in jeopardy with the less than reliant “toys” with which they have been supplying them. Add to the fact that our military has been stretched to the point of its maximum capacity with our involvement in so many military actions world wide and you have a receipt for disaster as they continue to press these issues with a nation that will take only so much before it reacts in a decisive way.

    • Tommi H on April 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

      All the Pentagon budget goes to maintenance current military monster. They cant develop anything new anymore, or any battle-ready advanced gizmos, what works in real life. For example F-35. Its crap. Russian S-500, now thats a new military hi-tech.

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